Ever Ready Sky Queen


The radio was in poor condition when received and was completely silent when energised from a temporary battery supply made up from ten PP3 9 Volt batteries an a single 1.5 Volt cell. I soon discovered that the filaments of all four valves were open circuit and that the output transformer primary was also open circuit. So spare parts were needed before anything further could be achieved so purchasing a donor radio seemed to be the best option as although replacement valves are fairly readily available a suitable output transformer would not be.

 I purchased this woodwormy Sky King which can be seen to have a very similar chassis and discarded the case and salvaged the valves and transformer which brought the Sky Queen to barely audible life. I anticipated that many of the capacitors would need replacing but did not expect that the out put valve would be such a poor performer. Fortunately with this replaced the output dramatically improved.


Sky King Radio in poor condition

This is one of a series of Ever Ready battery radios including the Sky King and Sky Prince which employ almost identical chassis and circuitry.They were manufactured for several years between 1953 and 1957 and were designed for dry battery operation using a 90/1.5 Volt Ever Ready Batterymax B136 brick sized battery. They consist of a conventional Long/Medium wave 4 valve super heterodyne circuit using a DK96 frequency changer, a DF96 I.F. amplifier, a DAF96 second detector and A.F. amplifier, and a DL96 output pentode.skyking.jpg

Sky King Chassis

Circuit description

The loop aerial is wound on four pillars mounted on the baffle, and being tuned by C2 forms a high “Q’’ R.F. circuit which is coupled directly to the signal grid of the DK96. The local oscillator consists of a conventional series fed grid tuned type of circuit coupled between g1 and g2. The two signals combine to form an intermediate frequency of 470 Kc/s which is passed via the |.F. amplifier (DF96) to the diode second detector forming part of V3. The resulting A.F. signal is fed via the volume control through the pentode section of V3 (DAF96) to the grid of the DL96, and is then amplified by the DL96 and fed to the loudspeaker. The automatic gain control voltage is fed back from the diode load to the grids of the frequency changer and I.F. amplifier valves.

Controls. Volume control (left). Wave-change and on/off switch. Tuning control (right).


Underside of Sky Queen showing replacement components

I have no idea why all the valve filaments were open circuit or how the output transformer had failed but did wonder if somehow the 90 Volt supply had been inadvertently connected incorrectly to those for the 1.5 Volt supply. As a precaution I made up a back to back circuit of four silicon diodes and connected them across the latter. these are hidden under the blue shrink wrap visible in the vie above. As the voltage drop across a silicon diode is in the region of 0.7 Volts any positive or negative voltage greater greater than about 1.4Volt would be shunted and protect the valve filaments.


Sky Queen with replacement valves and output transformer powered by temporary power supply.




Now cleaner and working well